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From my limited experiance these are the downsides to playing necrons:
1. slow: Warriors, footlords, imortals, pharias, tomb spyders, C-Tan, Monolith, flayed ones all move only 6" charge6"
2. low initiative very few units in the game will go after you in cc. you will most likely go last in every cc situation.
3. phase out at 25% automatic loss
4. limited low ap weapons/power weapons
5. limited modle choices/ limeted flexability in your army list
6. limited template weapons.(2 i think in the whole army)
7. high point costs/ smaller armys
8. few cc orentated models(most of the time you will not own cc)(flames expected)
9. limited range. most models have short range weapons
"It's true what they say, the power armour really doesn't come off"
"Fear the random number generator cubes"
"It's twin linked, b*tch"
I'm not sure I quite understand you. You exploit these weaknesses by taking units which are opposite to the necrons.Originally Posted by LordAvatar201
1: Take fast units like ranged bikers
2. Take CC units
3. Go for the necrons in the army rather than the other things
4. Take models with good armour saves
5. Use your flexibility in choices, rather than necessarily tactics, to head him off at every turn.
6. You can take swarms/ pack things in tightly (better for assault)
7. Flank them
8. Take CC units
9. Take long-ranged units
If you really needed me to tell you that, you really need to rethink how you assess opponents.
Essentially, the above can be summed up by: Terminator close combat squads
Terminators with heavy weapons
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Phasing out is the big key here.I reckon the best way to stop necrons is to take out the warrior squads and, as Tunisia said, go for all 'necron' units. Because Necrons are such high points cost (18 pts for a standard warrior) You will only have to reduce their army to a small amount of models to get them to phase.
The dragon shall awaken...
Before killing necrons - do not forget that they do the same with you...
Phase-out shouldn't really be considered a weakness IMO. If anything it is just a way to tone down the cheese factor of the necron army list.
With their WBB roll, to get them down to 25%, you still technically have to kill 150% of his army. And if your opponent is using a monolith to routinely allow a squad to roll a second WBB roll, then you instead will technically need to kill somewhere between 150%-175% of his army.
IMO, if you can get a necron army down to 25%, you DESERVE to win because you have accomplished a feat short of turning water into wine.
*diclaimer: causing phase-out to a necron army led by an incompitent general or a "newb" should not be considered a miracle or brag-worthy accomplishment, merely a lesson to the opposing commander on what not to do*
(I appologize for my apparant bitterness towards necrons...but when you consistently play them nearly every week for about 3 years, you tend to grow some ill feelings towards them)
My 40K Armies:
- Thousand Sons
- Mordian Imperial Guard
- Dark Eldar
My Fantasy Armies:
- Lhamian Vampire Counts
I find power weapons are devastating against Necrons as anloy C'tan,Lords with phase shifter and wraiths get invulnerable saves. Marines with power weapons munch Necrons like you've never seen.
I personally love assaulting Lords who are armed to the gills with my heroes (such as lightning claw armed wolf Lords w/wolf tooth necklace and terminator armour-130 points) they will tie up a 200 point necron lord indefinately
i think Tunisia has it about right you need to look at what we are weak in and hit those areas hard. but then look at whatever fleashy force you are putting on the table and find out its weakness so that you know what you are supceptible to.
"One after one, by the star-dogged moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh,
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his eye.
Four times fifty living men,
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one"
Not gonna point out anything specific but I find that like clucknut said assesing the weaknesses in your own army and attempting to cover them is the best way to beat any army. I have done this to great effect with necrons... but I have also done it with marines and IG. Its possible with any army, you just have to be a compitent general.